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R.A.: Tou've been together for seven years right ? 

Dee: seven and a half. 

R.A.: Tou just played the New Tork area that whole time ? 

Dee: Teah. Well up until nineteen... is this 8j ? Yeah up until 

mid. 82. Then we went to england. 

R.A.: How did that happen ? 

Dee: Well we got a record deal through 3 paper called Kerrang/ 

Sounds. We were trying to get a record deal V a company around 

here & we were just getting rejected time and time again. We 

had been approaching record companys for about U years; Every 

year a new tape, and they just turned us down. Why, because 

every thing about Twisted sister they were afraid of. Too heavy 

Too cra«y,,too loud, didn't like the way we look, the way we 

sound, etc. I remember one rejection letter said, *We don't 

like the way you look, we don't like the way you sound, we don't 

like anything about you. We're not intrested in you in any way 

matter, shape or form. Don't ever send us a tape again." 

Finally we were playing a club in New Jersey & Ross Halfin 
from Kerrang/Sounds, he came down and he says ■ What the F ck 
are you doing here ?l" He's already gotta cult thing going for 
us in england. He showed us the papers and we were on under*: ! 
ground playlists, the singles we had released on our own. He said "Their ready fcr.-you" I said we'll make a move. 
They started writing about us, and it caused enough of a stir to land us a deal with a small record lable called Secret 
R.A.: I was going to ask you how you happen to get on Secret because it's pretty much a "punk" lable. 

Dee: There were a few other small lables intrested but Secret was the one to come across w/ the deal. Why they decided 
to sighn us, I think they saw punk as kind of a dying phenomina on a mass scale k they wanted to graduate to something 
else. The punk fans are the closest thing to the H.M. fans. Their very border line, where you have like Ex-loited on 
one extreme and Black Sabbath on the other extreme and right in the middle you have a band like Motorhead riding tne 
line. There's a cross over and I think they thought that most of the punks would fall b-ck to^K.!-!.. I think trier's a 
certain amount of punk sensibilties to Twisted Sister. Farticulary live more so than on record. Live we Dlay faster- 
more driving, ther's not much concern for total accracy as for the aggression and raw power. Raw Fower that's I ■>!?/. 
Then they signed the band and we went right over. When we first ver.t over we went to do o':r record and we jnly did a 
few shows. Then the record came out, never got any push whatso ever, We sold a considerable amount and then after a 
couple of cancelled tour we found out Secret had gone out of bussiness. From all of that we nsaBsged to -ret encu;:h 
intrest to get on a show called the Tube. So we borrowed about 20,000 do'.lars and flew over. From tost :. 7. snow we 
got 5 record companies call us iraediatly. We had EMI, Arista, Crysalis, MCA, and Atlantic, all call. :ie writ with 
Atlantic. It wasn't the best deal we were offerd but it was the most sensible. 
R.A.: What is "Run For lour Life" about ? 

Dee: It's about a friend af , used to be my best friend, in many ways he still is. the guy is certified iassriF-. He's 
poerful, deadly, deadly, deadly. He's been after his girlfriend for nany m=ny years. He's like 5' tall black belt, 
J've seen him take on 15 people, bouncers, and destroy em'. I mean he's just f_ckin' out of his r.ind. And is .-jot tr.is 
girlfriend, he finally opened his heart up and himself and commited himself to someone, and her bein.-; a typical 16 year 
old girl when he asked her if she loved him she said yes, forever ? yes, and there'll r.ev-rr fce anyone else 7 yes. She 
didn't know, being a stupid 16 year old. She didn't realize she was dealing with a f eking sycr.ooatn certified insane 
person; and when she said yes, he said deal. A year later she tried to break uo w/ nTn. ".e's bee.n chasin? her ever 
since, _destroying that poor girls mind. CONTINUED \'EaT P40E. 

to go a... If we don't go over seas we'll ?o to California 
the West Coast thing for awhile. 
R. 1 . .: Have you clayed in Europe before ? 
David: We've been there but we haven't played there. We 
did a short promotional tour in July. We went over there 
and met with Kerrang and Sounds, did a radio interview, 
it was really good. We're gonna go back pretty soon, 
maybe France as a first stop. » 

R.A.: What is "The Redeemer" about ? 

David: It's kind of like your judgement day. All tne sin- 
ners kneeling before Cod after a hollow wretcned life. 
basicaly that's it. 

R.A.: W.-.at are your musical influences ? 
David: My influences are early Queen, Ronnie James Oic, 
Zepplin, Angel, Deep Furple, Rainbow, Genesis, ar.u bands 
like tr.at, and all the classical comnosers, C:iooin, etc. 
because I used to play recitals, I ol=y cl==?iral riarc. 
R.A.: «ere you in any oand before Virgin Stee]? '• 

CONTINUED INSIDE 

ROSE TATTOO 




From Long Island N.Y. hails this band Virgin Steele. 
They have been together for around two years and already 
their first two albums' have sold over 60 thousand copies 
just in the U.S. and Europe. Guitarist Jack Starr has 
made the pages of Kerrang as a guitar hero. Also avail- 
able is his "How To Play Metal Guitar" cassette and 
booklet. 

Most recently Virgin Steele has been working on a 
few videos for MTV, and are preparing for a tour of the 
U.S. and possibly Europe. 
R.A. : When will you be touring ? 

David: We'll be playing around here late January. So 
we'll be hitting New Tork area, Jersey, and then we hope 



ft*e tattoo 




This interview took: place while the band was still together & on 
the "Scarred for Life" tour. It's been a long time coming but finally 
here. 

R.*.: Is the "Batcher and Fast Eddie" a true story ? 
• ngry: Sure is mate. 
R. ».: It's about someone you knew ? 
Angry: Yeah butcher's one of my mates. 
R.A.: How did you happen to get together ? 

Angry: Peter used to be in this band called Buffalo. It was like a 
real 31ack Sabbath type band; and I basically thought they were a bunch 
of jerks, except for Peter. He used to play bass then k he always 
stood out cause he looked the best, he looked like he knew/ what he was 
doing, and he played like it too. He was the only one in the band with 
tattoos, and he always struck me as a decent sort of a player and a 
decent type of blokp as well. 

When I heard he- was forming a band he t^ld ir.ewhat he wanted. 
a.A.: How are crowds excepting you in ar.erica ? 

Angryi Well I think for -the fact that that no one has ever heard of us 
and we are an opening act T we get thirty minutes to introduce ourselves 
make ourselves become known and loved, I think we do it fairly f_ckin' 
well. As far as oeing an opening act it's traditional for opening acts 
to cop all the sh t; So we been coppin 1 sh_t fcr the first time in our' 

liV€'S . 

Angry: I was watch.in' T.V. the otner day & this pastor Gary somebody 

said he was deciphering all these rock and roll records, playing em' 

backwards and stuff and it's all messages from the devil. I mean how f_cked is this guy. 

a. A.: He does it all the time. 

Angry: the thing is mate I've never been experianced to it you know coming from Austalia we get maybe every Sunday momin 

religous programs vou know Humbard, Billy Grahm, we never get the real fanatics. Seein' this guy, whats his name, on tv 

that blew me away. I just sat there with my f ckin 1 mouth open I was just f_cked I couldn't believe it. He was sayin' 

clay it backwards and it's masked backwards and" I'm going aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh'. And like they mentioned AC/DC, tneir 

parties lly good friends of mine. They didn't exactly mention their name but I knew who they ment. They said they had an 

album about hell, "Highway to Hell". 

R.A.: They say they worship the devil. 

An*ry Bullsh t 1 The thing is that Speach pattern is all made up of vowels, words are all vowel formations. If you say 
a certain amount of vowels wich is all while you're talkin' alls youre doing is putting certain vowels together to make 
certain sounds. Of course if you olay em' backwards the precentage of it meaning something backwards are pretty good. 

Who makes f eking records to revolve in one direction to be played in the opposite direction. There's not a f_ckin' 

record player in the world that olays records 

R. A.: You gotta do it with your finger. 

Angry: Thats the whole argument right there. This cunt is so bent so f_ckin crazy that he'll take records and push em' 

backwards against the needle to try an find.... I mean you gotta be f_cked '. People don't make records to run backwards. 

H. A.: You recently got all those tattoos right ? 

Angry: I've decided to get all my old ugly ones covered up. When I joined the band me and peter had lots of tattoos that 

were like little stars, hearts, skulls you know the things you get when youre a kid. Both of us had quite alot of tattoos 

because of the fact that we love tattoos; and we weren't gonna get anyone in the band that didn't have tattoos, or didn't 

love tattoos as much as we did. When I first started getting tattoos I was \$. I had 12- tattoos by the time I was 22. 

When you get a tattoo you're so in love with the f_ckin thing you see someone with a better one and you think oh jea I'd 

love that f kin thing so you get one as close to that as you can; and it goes on and on. In the end you end up covered 

with em'. Next I'm gonna get started on my legs. I've got half my back and half my chest done, I wanna get that fini^i 

ished. 

H. A.: What do you think about drugs ? 

Angry: I like drugs. I think depending on what you take and the amount you take. I'm sittin here drinking a bottle of 

beer and you ask me about drugs, My perticular f_ckin habit is drinking. I've been a drinker since I was 12. It's not 

something I'm proud of. I like to smoke dope. I hate heroin with a vengencel It kills alot of people, and the people i 

it doesn't kill it kills spiritualy. 



RECORD SHORTs 



##-Harshly punishing 
#-Rocks my Mama 
%So So 
*-Barf 

% JUDAS PREIST 

DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH 
(C0LUM3IA ) 
A little faster than the 
last effort. Sounds kind of 
like the last three albums. 
Nothing new. 



# 



BATTLEAXE 
BURN THIS TOWN 
(MUSIC FOR NATIONS) 

Yet another fine release 
from m.f.n. 

Many have overlooked this 
fine slab of vinyl but this 
is an excellent slice of 
metal mayhem. The vocals 
are reminicent of ex- Maiden 
Paul Di'Anno. Starting with 
Ready to Deliver" the pace 
newer slows, some songs are 
a bit to generic but the 
majority of the songs are 
total rockers. 



ACCEPT 
BALLS TO THE WALL 
(LARK) 



I've been crazy about 
these guys since I heard 
breaker. Udo has one of 
the best voices around. 
The lyrics show quite a 
social awareness both 
political and personal. 

The talent these guys 
posses blows me away, 
some of the tracks are 
much more melodic and 
slower than "Restless" 
but still contain ample 
power to destroy. 



MANOWAR 
## INTO GLORY RIDE 
(MEGAFORCE) 
On the back of this i 
record it says "Death To 
False Metal". I'm not 
sure what TFAlse Metal" 
is but I guess this is 
supposed to be the real 
thing. Anyway... 

The first cut is the 
dangerously fast "War- 
lord" wdch punishes me 
to no end. The rest of 
the L.P. is solid;, hard, 
heavy, everything but 
fast. You'd have to >- 
hear it. 



TWISTED SISTER CONTINUED. 



R.A.: What are some of your musical influences ? 

Dee: I'll put my strongest big three okay ? There's tons of others. Alice Cooper, the original Alice. Trie new ones 

pathetic. It f_cking hurts me as a fan to see nim.... I don't know, trie man was an innovator. The man led the way. 

Now he's just pathetic. He looks like a skeleton, freebasing his ass off. It's very sad for me. Alice Cooper, 

AC/DC, Black Sabbath. 

E.A. : You write most of the S.T. songs ? 

Dee: All the sortgs. I work titles or beat « I start singing in the tape, I'll sing the music it then the melody just 

comes to me. 

R.A.: Are you aware that you were on the Kerrang all time record list? 

Dee: Yes. Wait till next year. 

R.A.: Hopefully radio airplay. You have got no airplay at all here. 

Dee: We get alot of negative flack. The purpose of this tour is not predominatly to make new fans ; at a olace like 

this, the people coming down are the people that are already into you. We're not winning anybody. We just want to 

play for the people who've been waiting a long time, and at the same time were dragging these radio people down and 

saying, check it out. Now the program, director for this area, f_cking went out four wheeling. He left after our 

set. Y eah he said he'd be around but he dissapoeared. They all got the same attitude about Twisted Sister. Well 

he's a f_ckin' .... I won't say what he is. 

R.A.: Are you working on a newL. 1 . yet? 

David: Yeah. I'm writing some thing*. I've always got old 

songs I go back to. I don't always use every song. I'm 

writing some, Jacks writing some. It hopefully will be out 

in the summer. 

R.A.: What will it be called ? 

David: We have a couple we're throwing around. One is 

Symphonies of Steele. 

S.A - .: How much is your sword worth ? 

David: It cost me two thousand dollars to have made. 

R.A.t What's it made of ? 

David: Solid Virgin Steele. It like fifty or sixty pounds. 

it's really rediculous. 

R.A.: In Kerrang you offered Ronnie James Dio the use of it 

for a video. Did he reply ? 

David: He never did. I guess he doesn't like to give . \. .' 

people press, or he didn't see it, or he didn't care. 

3.A. : Wnat do you think of Venom, Merciful Fate, Satan, etc. 

Bands like that ? 

David: That's their gimmick. Tnats what they use to get 

rich quick. I don't tnink they have any thing to offer 

musically. I don't think their good on arrangment. I don't 

think their accomplished song writers. Venoms lyrics are 

totally off the wail. Some kids like that. I personally 

think it gives Heavy Metal a bad name. They put out such 

negative thoughts. Whats all this kill kill burn in hell, 

and all that for. When ever I sing about that like "The 

Redeemer", it's allways triumph over evil. With those ?uys 

evil always wins. Let's go f eking rape a nun. We don't 

need it. It's useless. 




David: I've been in public bands before Virgin Steele. 

I hadn't played in a band in awhije because I was going to 

school studying music and that took alot of time. The 

other band was you know, bar curcit. 

R.A.: How long did Virgin Steele play covers before the 

L.P. ? 

David: Virgin Steele was never a cover band. From the 

first day we've played originals. We went to the studio 

three months after we we're together. 



HIGHWAY CHILE 
* STORYBOOK HEROES 

(MIRUS) 
Not bad. Sort of typical 
but it does have some 
originality. Sort of Ted 
Nugent sounding guitar. 

Reminds me of Axe or Night 
Ranger. 

I wouldn't rush right out 
buy it but if you have a 
i few extra bux might as well 
pick it up . 

THOR 
#- UNCHAINED 

(MONGOL HORDE) 
I still laugh as I look at 
this cover. 

Thor is the vocalists 
name, who neally looks like 
Thor (Marvel Comics), 
muscles and all. 

The music is played with 
the utmost talent and 
good arrangement, and Thor 
can sing. I fugured with 
all those muscles he was 
toteing he was just there 
for the image. 
I still laugh. 



TAKASHI 

# KAMIKAZE KILLERS 

(MONGOL. HORDE) 

A very impressive debut 

for both Takashi and Mongle 

Horde . 

Devestating power make 
these moderatly paced cut6 
a wall of sheer metallic 
sound. "Strangler" and 
"Kamikaze" are all out ver- 
bal and musical assaults. 
Bone crunching stuff. 



#' 



NEGATIVE APPROACH 

TIED DOWN 

(TOUCH AND GO) 

Starting with the 
title track "Tied Down" 
all the way to the last 
"I'll Survive" the 
intensity never lets up. 

Rob's guitar sounds 
great but, it sounds 
like he's afraid to let 
loose on the solo's 
like he did so well 
live. The bass is 
tight and tne pounding 
drums played only now 
O.P. can, Great I 
The vocals are more 
torturing than I have 
ever heard then. A 
fantastic L.P. A must 
have. 



ALIEN 
%+ COSMIC FANTASY 
(MONGOL HORDE) 
The first cut Cosmic Fan 
tasy" is a melodic driving 
song with good musician- 
ship and arrangement. The 
next cut "Star Lover" is 
also quite good. (Sounds 
like they've been listening to T Rex too much). 
■Next my fave "Headbangin' " an all out rocker witn 
cool special effects wich gets me looking forward to 
side 2. So I turn it over and whit ? Did they press 
1 Scandle on this side ? "Don't say goodbye is a melo- 
dic love song sung by female drummer Roxann. A great 
dissappointment. Next is "Cosmic Fantasy". What ? 
isn't that on the other side ? Yup ! Wnat's the ueal? 
Well 3 out of 5 (5 ?) ain't bad. 



VIRGIN STEELE 

§§ 'WAIT FOR THE NIGHT 
(MONGOL HORDE) 

This is tr.e third release from 
Virgin Steele and yet again proves 
them a force to be reckoned. 

These four songs are four of the 
best V.S. songs to date. "Don't 
say Goodbye" from the devastating 
II Guardians of the Flame L.P. is a 
very classy H.M. song in the U.F.O. 
vein. "LAm Tne One" Starts with an 
acoustic guitar intro and goes into 
a punishing all out rocker. "Go 
Down Fighting" and Wait For The 
Night" are also two fine examples 
that Virgin Steele are a very 
important band for the future of 
Heavy Metal. 





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